The only way to predict the future is to create it.
Calling all visionaries*
*Yes, that means you.
BMW i has partnered with TED to create Next Visionaries, a global initiative that seeks to engage innovators, change-makers, dreamers and future thinkers to reimagine the future of mobility – to explore how dreams and visions can transform the way we move in 30, 50, 200 years from today.
And we want you to join us.
Inspire the movement of tomorrow.
We believe that innovations that spark global change can come from anyone, anywhere with a bold imagination and a brave creative mind. Next Visionaries is encouraging new approaches that provoke paradigm shifts and propose how we might shape future through creativity and imagination.
We also believe that to truly thrive in our future world, all visions, no matter how far-reaching, crazy or insurmountable they might sound, need a platform to be heard.
So, how will you change the way tomorrow moves?
Share your vision and become the selected Next Visionary to present your idea live on the TED Stage in a special TED event in NYC this fall.
Two brands. One pioneering spirit.
Since it’s inception, BMW i has been committed to innovation and pioneering spirit by actively shaping the future of mobility. And it’s that visionary thinking and inventive mind that unites both – BMW i and TED community. With this partnership both brands are setting the stage for all innovators, big thinkers and future creators to share new visions and spark global change.
Next Visionaries will ensure that the best ideas for the future of urban mobility will be seen, shared and celebrated, taking us closer to a connected and sustainable world for everyone.
How it works.
Once you have uploaded your vision, it will be reviewed by our panel of specialist mentors. The best ones will be published on the site.
All submissions must be received by 10:00 (EST) on July 17, 2017.
The final six
On July 31, 2017 we’ll announce a shortlist of six outstanding visionaries. As one of six you’ll be given one-on-one time with one of our mentors, who will help you refine and hone your vision and get it ready for a live pitch in front of a panel of judges at The International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt this September. After pitching, the judging panel will consider the six visions and deliberate before announcing the Next Visionary of the Year 2017.
Next Visionary of the Year
Finally, the best Next Visionary of 2017 will be given further coaching and workshop time to develop their vision into a vibrant and world-changing TED Talk to be delivered at TED in New York in November.
For full details of the Next Visionaries rules and regulations, see here.
- Connect with like-minded influencers
Join Next Visionaries network and become part of a global community of thought-leaders and forward-thinking influencers.
- Inspire and be inspired
The best visions will be published online and on social media throughout the year, enabling you to reach a global audience and collaborate with far-sighted visionaries around the world.
- Take your vision to the next level
Those lucky enough to make it through to the shortlist will have the opportunity to work with our mentors, BMW and TED experts who will help expand, hone, design and perfect your idea.
- Share your Vision on the TED stage
The selected Next Visionary of the year will give a TED Talk on their vision for the future mobility live to an audience of global thought leaders and recognized experts.
How to submit.
Anyone over 18 can enter.
There is no specific background, knowledge or experience needed to participate. You may already be studying, teaching or working in technology, design, urban planning or mobility, or simply have a keen interest in influencing the way we will move around in the future.
All we ask is that you dream big, push the boundaries and explore the possibilities of mobility and what exciting changes civilisation may face as we race ever faster toward the future.
- Step 1
Write a short text (140 characters) outlining your vision and upload it to the site. You can add a short video too (up to 1 minute).
- Step 2
Adding further text, blueprints, designs, images or scribbles on a napkin will help us better understand your vision and give you a stronger chance of making the shortlist.
- Step 3
Finally, enter your contact details. Successful entries will be published on the site.
The deadline for submissions is 10:00 (EST) on July 17, 2017.
What to consider when submitting your vision.
We’re looking for visions about how humans (not freight) will move around the planet (or beyond) in the future. The scope is almost limitless. There are no set categories to choose. All we ask is that your vision takes into account one or more of these three broad areas:
Technology – How will new scientific and technological discoveries unleash new solutions?
Humanity – How can we respond to the changing needs of people?
Environment – How can we drive innovation while protecting the Earth’s ecosystem?
Thoughts to get you started.
How will artificial intelligence, virtual reality and the internet of things radically change how people move around and between the megacities of the future?
What technologies will have the biggest impact on creating a truly connected world?
How should public and personal mobility change as the world’s population increases?
How should roads, cities and infrastructure be designed to serve the new mobility of the future?
Will cars still exist and, if so, what will driving be like? How will we use and interact with them?
What opportunities will there be for vehicle design with 3D printing or once autonomous transport dispenses with the need for the driver?
How will new experiences be shaped by aesthetics and interaction?
What other uses could there be for vehicles when they are not moving around?
How might new or alternative sources of energy reduce our impact on the environment?
How can we protect the green spaces in our cities?
What will be the role of big data in managing mobility?
How can we collaborate to make the future of mobility better for humans and the planet, reducing noise or visual pollution?
But this is just the start. We are looking forward to seeing where your imagination will take us.
Tips for entering your vision
If you upload video or text as additional material, think of them as an elevator pitch. Try to structure them around the following questions:.
What is your vision and what role does mobility play in it?
Why is it worth taking seriously? What is new and/or groundbreaking about it?
Why could, or should, it happen?
What sort of time scale do you see it happening in? Will it happen beyond our foreseeable future? How?
What does it draw from, and offer to, the worlds of technology, humanity and/or the environment?
Who will benefit from it and how?
But, above all, have fun. Because the best ideas come when our minds are free to explore the wildest corners of our imagination.
- 25 April
- 17 July
- 31 July
- September (date TBC)
The shortlist pitch
- November (date TBC)
Next Visionary Talk at TED NYC